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Shirley Serotsky

Shirley Serotsky is the Acting Artistic Director at Theater J, where she served as the Associate Artistic Director for two years, and was the Director of Literary and Public Programs for four years before that. For Theater J, Shirley has directed The CallYentl, The Argument, The Hampton Years, The History of Invulnerability, The Moscows of Nantucket, Mikveh (which received two Helen Hayes Nominations for Best Actress), The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall (which received a 2009 Helen Hayes Nomination for Best New Play), and Married Sex for the Locally Grown Festival. She works as a freelance director in the DC area and beyond, and is passionate about the development of new work. Other directing credits include: Rapture, Blister, Burn (Round House Theatre); The Jungle Book (Adventure Theatre); a 21/24 Signature Lab Workshop presentation of The Break(Signature Theatre); Working: The Musical (Keegan Theatre); Blood Wedding (Constellation Theatre); A Man, His Wife, and His Hat and Birds of a Feather (which won the 2012 Charles MacArthur Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, The Hub Theatre); Juno and the Paycock (Washington Shakespeare Company); Reals, Five Flights and Two Rooms (Theater Alliance);Crumble and We Are Not These Hands (Catalyst Theater); References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot (Rorschach Theater, for which she received a 2007 Helen Hayes nomination for outstanding direction); Sovereignty (The Humana Festival of New Plays). Training: BFA, North Carolina School of the Arts.

Stars of David
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Stars of David

Story to Song Twinterview

30 January 2016

Lauren Alexander interviews twins Shirley and Aaron Sertosky about their experience working together in Theater J’s production of Stars of David: Story to Song.

An Inside Look at Theater J
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An Inside Look at Theater J

Interview with Shirley Serotsky

27 July 2015

Jacqueline Lawton interviews Acting Artistic Director of Theater J, Shirley Serotsky.

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Why is Jewish Theater Producing Asian American Plays?
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Why is Jewish Theater Producing Asian American Plays?

12 March 2014

We chose to do "Yellow Face" because of the meaningful questions it raises about the parameters of identity. We chose to do "Yellow Face" because of the revealing and resonant glimpse it gives at immigrant families in the United States; because of its multi-layered examination of the “American Dream”; because of the uproarious and irreverent way it uses humor to expose darker themes. We chose to do "Yellow Face" because clearly, it’s a Jewish play!